Friday, August 29, 2014

Auburn offering trees cloned from Toomer's Oaks for sale.

  Auburn Professor Gary Keever with shoots clones from Toomer's Oaks. Photo via The Auburn Villager.

An Auburn University professor of horticulture has managed to clone Toomer's Oaks - about 2,100 times over at the moment.

Dr. Gary Keever of the Auburn University Department of Horticulture led an effort to grow shoots taken from the cuttings of the beloved Auburn landmark that was cut down last year following their poisoning in 2010 by irate Alabama fan.*

An initial attempt to grow shoots initially failed due to the amount of poison in the original cuttings. Dr. Keever made another attempt to harvest clippings following the cutting down of the oak trees.

Dr. Keever provided details of the second recovery to The Auburn Villager.

“The little shoots come from the tree’s roots, and the people at Facilities thought it was unattractive so they said, ‘OK, you’ve got until this time to collect your cuttings, then we’re going to cut them down,’ “ Keever said. “We went there and took as many as we could and put them in the greenhouse in mist.”

Dr. Keever has so far developed around 2100 shoots from the second batch of cuttings. The shoots contain the same genetic makeup of the original Toomer's Oaks, and can be reproduced through cuttings.

The cloned trees are being offered for sale by the school for $125.00, and will come with a certificate of authenticity. The catch is that until October,  you'll have to travel to Auburn to pick them up. On the plus side purchasers will get the chance to personally pick out their clones. 

Proceeds from the sale of the clones. benefit Auburn University's Thomas H. Dodd Jr. Endowed Professorship in Horticulture.

(Via The Auburn Villager. HT: Dr. Saturday.)

*I'm not going to give the goober that committed the crime any more publicity than I have too. 

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